No. 6/6 Stanford Goes For 10th Straight Win Saturday At Oregon State
Feb. 8, 2008
No. 6/6 Stanford Cardinal (21-3, 10-2 Pac-10)
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Oregon State Beavers (10-13, 3-9 Pac-10)
CORVALLIS, Ore. - The No. 6/6 Stanford women's basketball team brings a long week to a close Saturday night, visiting the Oregon State Beavers for a 7 p.m. contest. The Cardinal will be looking to complete a sweep of a three-game week which began with victories of 96-74 and 72-43 over Santa Clara and Oregon, respectively. Saturday night's contest will be available on the airwaves at 90.1 KZSU, with Jake Kelman handling play-by-play duties.
Last Time Out For The Cardinal
Stanford matched its season-high winning streak Thursday night, defeating the Oregon Ducks 72-43 in Eugene for the team's ninth consecutive victory. The Cardinal played a picture-perfect first half, in which it hit 20-of-34 attempts from the field (58.8%) on the way to a 46-12 halftime advantage, matching the opponent's season low for first-half points. Candice Wiggins led the way once again for Stanford, shooting 11-for-21 from the field for a game-high 25 points, and hitting the boards to share the team led for rebounds with eight. Jayne Appel and Kayla Pedersen also turned in solid performances, as each shot over 50.0% (Appel going 6-for-12, Pedersen 6-for-10), with Pedersen scoring 17 points to go with six rebounds, and Appel adding 14 points, eight rebounds, and five blocked shots.
Scouting Oregon State
The Beavers (10-13, 3-9 Pac-10) have dropped five games in a row and eight of their last 10 heading into Saturday night's contest. Oregon State dropped a 56-45 decision to first-place California Thursday night to start the weekend. Helmed by LaVonda Wagner, the Beavers are led offensively by the scoring of Ashley Allen (16.3 ppg), Brittney Davis (13.4 ppg), and Talisa Rhea (11.0 ppg).
All-Time Against Oregon State
Stanford holds a 39-6 advantage in the all-time series against the Beavers, and is currently on a 14-game winning streak in the series. The Cardinal captured the first meeting of the two schools this season, collecting an 81-45 decision on Jan. 10 at Maples Pavilion.
The Cardinal In The Polls
After last weekend's wins, Stanford rose a spot to No. 6 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/ESPN Coaches Polls.
Among The National Stats Leaders
The Cardinal is in the National Top 50 in quite a few categories through the games of Feb. 3, including: assist-to-turnover ratio (1.24 - fifth), scoring margin (+18.5 - T-eighth), fewest turnovers per game (13.8 - 10th), assists per game (17.2 - 11th), scoring offense (75.7 - 13th), rebounding margin (+7.7 - 17th), FG percentage (46.0% - 17th), FG percentage defense (35.7% - 19th), blocks per game (107 - 4.9 - T-25th), scoring defense (57.2 - 32nd), and fewest fouls per game (15.2 - 45th). Individually, Jayne Appel's 57.5 FG percentage is 17th in the nation, her 2.3 blocks per game are tied for 30th, and her 9.0 rebounds per game are 50th. Candice Wiggins stands 23rd with 18.7 points per game.
In The Pac-10 Rankings
Through the games of Feb. 7, Stanford leads the Pac-10 in scoring offense (76.4 ppg), scoring margin (+19.1), FG percentage (46.7%), blocked shots (117 - 4.88 per game), turnover margin (+3.58), and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.25). The Cardinal also sits second in opponents' points per game (57.3 ppg), opponents' FG percentage (36.0%), assists per game (16.92), rebounding (41.0 rpg), and rebounding margin (+7.8). Individually, Candice Wiggins leads the conference in scoring (19.0 ppg), and is second in free-throw percentage (83.2%) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.85). Jayne Appel leads the loop in field-goal percentage (57.7%) and blocks (55 - 2.29 per game), is second rebounding (8.8 rpg), and fifth in scoring (14.8 ppg). Kayla Pedersen is third in rebounding (8.3 rpg).
Gotta Stay Healthy
No matter how much talent is on any given roster, a team must stay as healthy as possible to give itself the best chance for a national title. Forward Jillian Harmon suffered a foot injury during Thursday's 72-43 win at Oregon, and will be a game-time decision for Saturday's contest at Oregon State. Freshman Ashley Cimino, who missed the first 15 games of the season due to a lingering back injury, made her collegiate debut Jan. 10 against Oregon State, but sat out Thursday's game at Oregon as well. Sophomores Michelle Harrison and Melanie Murphy were lost for the year with torn ACLs suffered on Nov. 11 at Yale, and Nov. 24 against Old Dominion, respectively.
Another Solid Outing
Freshman forward Kayla Pedersen put together another one of her solid supporting performances in the win at Oregon, scoring 17 points to go with six rebounds. In keeping with the Cardinal's recent stretch of hot shooting, Pedersen on Thursday night went 6-for-10 from the floor.
Putting It Away Early
The Cardinal have made a habit out of putting the hammer down on opponents and posting routs this season, winning 13 games by at least 20 points. Over the team's recent nine-game winning streak, the Cardinal have won seven of those games by at least 20 points, as well.
The Third Tower In The Mix
Reserve forward Morgan Clyburn has proven to be a valuable defensive option this season, once again blocking a pair of shots in Thursday night's win at Oregon. Despite averaging only 9.3 minutes per game, Clyburn's role as a defensive specialist has been apparent as she is second on the team with 15 blocks.
At It Again
Senior guard Candice Wiggins continued her successful final season Thursday night, scoring 25 points and grabbing eight rebounds against Oregon. Last week, the three-time All-American toppled a pair of long-standing Stanford career records. First, in last Thursday's win over USC, Wiggins scored her 2,216th career point, surpassing Kate Starbird's previous tally of 2,215 points to become Stanford's all-time leading scorer. In that same contest, Wiggins converted her 482nd career free throw, taking over the all-time lead from Val Whiting, who hit 481 career free throws. Up next for Wiggins with at least 10 games remaining? Lisa Leslie's Pac-10 career record of 2,414 career points.
Chuggin' Right Along
The remaining part of Stanford's 'Triforce Of Power' had her typically productive outing Thursday night at Oregon, as Jayne Appel scored 14 points to shine offensively, then grabbed eight rebounds and blocked five shots to showcase her defensive skills. The performance marked the 16th time this season that Appel has pulled down at least eight rebounds, and the sixth time in the last seven contests.
They're On Fire!
After struggling to find its outside shooting touch for much of this season, the Cardinal finally found it Tuesday at Santa Clara, shooting a blistering 62.1% (36-for-58) in the 96-74 victory. The season-best effort from the field even extended out beyond the arc, as the Cardinal shot a season-best 50.0% (13-for-26) on its three-point attempts.
This weekend's swing through Oregon marks the return of a pair of favorite daughters, as Lake Oswego native Jillian Harmon and Beaverton native JJ Hones come back to their old stomping grounds. Against the Oregon schools at Maples Pavilion earlier this season, Harmon averaged 7.5 rebounds a game, with her weekend highlighted by a 15-point, nine-rebound effort against the Ducks. Hones, meanwhile, played a significant role off the bench for the Cardinal that weekend, passing out three assists in each game, and scoring eight points against Oregon State.
Just Give All Of Them To Her
It was a new date but the same honor for Candice Wiggins Monday, as the senior guard collected U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week honors for the second straight week. Besides breaking the Stanford career records for scoring and free throws, Wiggins averaged 24.5 points, 4.0 assists, and shot 90.0% (18-for-20) from the free-throw line in leading the Cardinal to a sweep of USC and UCLA last weekend. The honor, the fourth of this season for Wiggins, is also the ninth time that she has garnered the award, making her the Pac-10's all-time leader.
Served Up Nice And Cold
Last weekend's sweep of the Los Angeles schools was a therapeutic treatment for the Cardinal and its fans, as avenging its only two conference losses this season continued Stanford on the path towards an eighth consecutive Pac-10 regular season title. With the wins, Stanford ensured that it would not be swept by a Pac-10 foe in the regular season, something which has not occurred since UCLA turned the trick in 1987-88.Passing Around The GloryPoint guard JJ Hones once again played the role of catalyst for the Stanford offense in Thursday night's win at Oregon, passing out three assists and even scoring five points. While Hones' production on the scoreboard is a bonus for the Cardinal, it is her ability to run Stanford's potent offense that is highly valued, as her 4.07 assist-to-turnover ratio demonstrates.
Non-Conference Season = Great Success!
Tuesday's win at Santa Clara marked the conclusion of Stanford's non-conference slate during the regular season. In 12 non-conference games this year, the Cardinal posted an impressive 11-1 mark, its best since going 9-1 in regular-season non-conference play during the 2004-05 season. In this decade, the Cardinal have now suffered just one regular-season non-conference loss four times, with the lone loss in three of those years (2001-02, 2002-03, and 2004-05) coming to Tennessee.
Within Striking Distance
Stanford's victories over USC and UCLA last weekend, as well as Thursday's win at Oregon, kept it in prime position to continue its streak of Pac-10 regular-season titles. California, the current Pac-10 leader, has also won its past three contests, keeping it one game ahead of Stanford. While the Cardinal hold an all-important head-to-head win over the Golden Bears, both teams need to continue winning heading into Feb. 23's televised showdown in Berkeley.
Solid Gold (-Onwude)
Sophomore guard Rosalyn Gold-Onwude continued her successful return season with a pair of fine efforts this week. At Santa Clara on Tuesday, she scored eight points, grabbed five rebounds, and dished out five assists in the Cardinal victory, then scored five points and grabbed four rebounds in 24 minutes of action at Oregon. After missing all of last season with a torn ACL, Gold-Onwude has loosed a year's worth of anticipation on the court, and, working alongside fellow point guard JJ Hones, is a big reason for Stanford's output of 16.92 assists per game.
The superstitious types among Cardinal fans probably went into Tuesday night's contest with a strange feeling in the pits of their stomachs, as regular KZSU play-by-play man Jake Kelman missed just his third road contest of the season. Kelman, a junior at Stanford in his third season at the mic for the women's squad, had previously been unable to travel to Los Angeles with the team in early January, where the Cardinal was swept by UCLA and USC. Despite having to miss Tuesday's game due to the demands of Stanford academics, Kelman was vindicated when Stanford was able to grab the road win over Santa Clara despite his absence.
Climbing To The Top Of The Record Books
Heading into the 2007-08 season, senior guard Candice Wiggins stands on the brink of establishing multiple career records in the Stanford women's basketball annals. Currently, Wiggins is already the all-time Stanford leader with a career mark of 18.8 points per game, and on Jan. 31, 2008, against USC, she passed Kate Starbird's all-time leading total of 2,215 points to become Stanford's all-time leading scorer. Wiggins' 2,298 career points are also third all-time on the Pac-10 scoring list. Moving beyond the arc, Wiggins hit her 211th and 212th career three-pointers against Connecticut on Nov. 22, becoming the new all-time leader and breaking the previous record of 210 held by Vanessa Nygaard. Currently, she has 252 threes in her career. Additionally, Wiggins on Dec. 18 at New Mexico passed Sebnem Kimyacioglu's all-time mark of 549 career three-point attempts, and currently holds the mark with 643 career attempts. At the charity stripe, Wiggins is the Stanford all-time leader with her 496 career free throws, having surpassed Val Whiting's previous tally of 481 on Jan. 31 against USC. She also currently sits fourth on the all-time free-throw percentage list with an 82.5% success rate, just under two percentage points behind Kelley Suminski's top mark of 84.3%. Finally, on the defensive end, Wiggins' 245 career steals through Feb. 3 leaves her fifth on Stanford's all-time list, just 35 away from tying Sonja Henning's leading tally of 280.
The 700 Club
Stanford head coach Tara VanDerveer became just the seventh member of the '700 Club' on Dec. 28, earning career win No. 700 with the 105-47 victory over Washington State. Of the seven members, VanDerveer is the second-fastest to have reached 700 wins, needing just 885 games to accomplish the feat. Tennessee head coach Pat Summitt was the fastest, reaching 700 wins in 847 total games. Following the win over the Cougars, VanDerveer was feted by the Maples Pavilion crowd, as a video tribute to her career was played and Stanford Athletic Director Bob Bowlsby presented her with a bouquet of flowers and a commemorative basketball.